Funding Cuts – Children with Special Needs Lose Out

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 Vulnerable children are at risk of receiving “little or no education” due to their “social and emotional difficulties”, members of the National Education Union (NEU) have suggested.

 

Children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are not getting the support they need as schools are at “breaking point” amid funding cuts, the largest education union said.

 

A new survey, of more than 900 school staff, found that cuts affecting SEND pupils are worse this year. Half said their school had cut support for SEND children compared to 40 per cent last year.

 

 Funding cuts led to nearly a third (31 per cent) of respondents saying their school had cut SEND posts this year, compared to a quarter last year (26 per cent).

More than half (54 per cent) have seen a reduction in teaching assistant support – affecting SEND provision at their school.

Eight per cent of teachers said that pupils are unable to attend school full-time due to a lack of specialist SEND provision. 

 

Another straw poll of parents, released at the union’s conference, found that nearly quarters (24 per cent) of children with SEND are not in school at all.  

 

The union warned that “The crisis in SEND has reached epidemic proportions. Children and their families are in crisis. There is no money, there are no places, and there is no support.”

 

The poll, of more than 440 parents, found that 52 per cent were not happy about the type of provision their child is in and nearly three-quarters said they were not given adequate support to help their child.

 

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